Armenia Russia Agree on Karabakh Settlement Approach

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–During a recent meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov–the notion of tackling the Karabakh peace process through "unconventional" approaches was articulated by both leaders–reported Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Arsen Gasparian during a briefing Friday.

Gasparian stated that Oskanian discussed these so-called "unconventional" approached in the Karabakh conflict resolution during his recent trips to Vienna–Paris and Moscow.

Gasparian noted that the need to seek such "unconventional" means to conflict resolution was stipulated by the specific nature of the Karabakh conflict–as well as by the necessity to integrate such contradictory issues as the principle of territorial integrity and the right to self-determination.

Gasparian outlined main elemen’s in Armenia’s position on unconventional approaches–namely that Nagorno Karabakh should not be a part of Azerbaijan and that relations between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan must be regulated by corresponding agreemen’s and must be horizontal in nature.

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